Posts Tagged ‘Alltech’

There’s Another Lyons in Town

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Many people are familiar with Dr. Pearse Lyons, the founder and president of Alltech, and his wife Deirdre. They are well known for their company’s success, and their involvement in our community and the world. This weekend, I want you to meet another Lyons.

Their son, Mark, is Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Alltech in China. Mark lives in Beijing where he’s working to expand Alltech’s presence in that country’s rapidly growing agricultural and nutritional markets. He has undergraduate degrees in political science and environmental science from the University of Chicago, and a masters and doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

Mark is my guest this week on One to One. We talked at the Alltech Symposium last May. That’s an annual event where hundreds of international guests, scientists, and journalists descend on central Kentucky for several days to learn about Alltech’s global activities.

Before you watch our conversation on One to One this Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET, you can see a brief overview of Alltech’s China operation in this video produced by the company.

Postcards from China 2

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

My visit to China with a delegation of business people from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce began early Monday morning with presentations by individuals either already established in China or in the business of helping others get a foothold in the growing China economic market.

One of those is a young woman who is the managing director of the Kentucky China Trade office. Li Hanwen is also vice president of her own consulting firm and consults with businesses who want to do work in China.

There are a number of Kentucky companies already doing business in China: Yum, UPS, and Alltech have been here for years. Alltech founder Dr. Pearce Lyons likes to tell the story of arriving in Shanghai 20 years ago, carrying one suitcase and no clients. Today, Alltech has a number of facilities in China and their animal nutrition business in the East continues to grow. In the past couple of months, Alltech has exported their Kentucky Ale beer and it’s doing well in this big brew-drinking nation. Yum, Inc., headquartered in Louisville, attributes an uptick in recent company economic reports to strong growth in China; folks here love their KFC.

An important piece of advice from all of those giving a short presentation on doing business with the Chinese is have patience; it appears that virtue goes a long way when trying to establish business in China.

I’ll have more from Beijing in a special One to One report from China coming up soon on KET.

Postcards from China

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Just for starters, some numbers:

  • Its population is 1.34 billion; that’s 19.5 percent of the world’s population.
  • Its labor force is over 812 million people.
  • Its gross domestic product is $4.8 trillion and the fastest growing economy in the world.

Yes, we’re talking about China.

This week, as a guest of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, I’m traveling with a delegation of Kentucky business people and companies who want to do business with the Chinese. From reading and research, I already know it is an amazing country. We will be touring four cities—including Beijing and Shanghai.

We will begin the week at a panel discussion with experts who either are already doing business in China or who aid U.S. companies who want to learn more about what it’s like doing business in China. Li Hanwen is the managing director of the Kentucky China Trade office and provides a multitude of expertise and solutions for companies conducting business in China. Roland Matyasi is the marketing manager for Alltech East Asia. Alltech has a growing presence in China and Taiwan with their animal health nutrition products. I’m sure the discussion will cover a broad range of issues, including why some American companies are concerned about the changing regulatory climate there.

Throughout the week, I’ll try to give you a brief glimpse of Chinese life in Beijing from traffic and food to the friendly nature of the Chinese people I’ve read so much about. I’ll put all of this in an upcoming edition of One to One, so stay tuned for more Postcards from China.


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